I write like

I fed a few of my blog posts into the analyzer on I Write Like, a website with a tool that compares your writing to a famous author’s. Depending on the post, I write like:

  1. David Foster Wallace
  2. Chuck Palahniuk
  3. Cory Doctorow
  4. Margaret Atwood
  5. Isaac Asimov
  6. Oscar Wilde

Oddly enough, the post I wrote reviewing a couple of old science fiction books, including “I, Robot”, was compared to Isaac Asimov. Maybe the frequent use of the word “robot” automatically returns a comparison to Asimov.

I have read little or nothing from the above authors (and have never heard of a couple of them), so I can’t claim them as influences. Most of what I read is nonfiction anyway, and this website seems to draw its analysis from fiction writers. So as a further test, I entered a handful of fiction attempts. The results:

  1. Ursula K. Le Guin
  2. Ian Fleming
  3. David Foster Wallace
  4. Dan Brown
  5. Raymond Chandler
  6. Stephen King

There’s that David Foster Wallace guy again. The last one is more like it, since I used to read a lot of Stephen King and I have a book on writing by him. I suspect the few paragraphs I write in one of my longer posts is not a large enough sample to consistently return a comparison to any one author. Or perhaps I’m not very consistent.

I Write Like is fun but not very revealing.

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Adam

Adam's artificial habitat is my official website and blog. I write as often as I can, so it is the best way to keep up to date on my goings-on.

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